Saffron Plum - Sideroxylon celastrinum
Typically less than 20 feet tall (although occasionally taller), this is a tree of the hammocks and salt flats of southern Florida, including the Keys. It also grows in Texas, and as far south as northern South America. It is an evergreen tree most distinguished from other North American Sideroxylon by the glabrous twigs and leaves. The leaves vary in shape from elliptic to spatulate with a rounded apex; the lower surface is pale. The flowers are composed of 5 sepals and petals, white to pale yellow in color. The fruit is dark purple, with a single seed.